Senior Editor

Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered books, tech start-ups, porn theater history, and population trends, and written features on the state’s UFO legacy and World Cup soccer fever in Portland. Marty commandeers the magazine’s front-of-the-book Dispatch section and backpage, and co-edits Portland Monthly’s style and design blog, Lookbook.

Burmese by birth and German by childhood, Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 by way of Los Angeles. He completed an MA in Medieval History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him standing alongside his lovely wife in the Timbers Army, on his bike, or leveling his Titan.

Caring for Our Planet

How a 30-Year-Old Conservation Group Is Thwarting Developers and Protecting Pristine Forest Land

Columbia Land Trust now controls 45,000 acres along the Columbia River—where nothing will ever be built

10/23/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Reading?

We size up our bookish habits.

10/23/2019 By Marty Patail

Best New Restaurants 2019: Trends

Seven Spots Expanding Portland’s Food Map

In 2019, Guam, Burma, the Philippines, and other nations got more room at the table.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Something to Consider

How to Fix the Rose Quarter’s Traffic Problem

We've got ideas.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail Illustrations by Hawk Krall

Trophy Case

3 Amazing Local Greeting Card Designers—for Any Occasion

No matter the sentiment, there's a locally crafted card for it.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Design

How This Icelandic Designer Is Bringing World History to a New Portland Hotel

Designer Halfdan Pedersen travelled the world to fill the new Portland expansion of Reyjavik-based KEX.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Okay, What Exactly Is Design?

We have a running joke at the magazine: If it’s pretty to look at, it most likely counts as design.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Q&A

How Untitled Goose Game Conquered the Gaming World

Panic's cofounder Cabel Sasser talks about game publishing, his company's evolution, and how a humble goose took the world by storm.

10/10/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

Okay, What's the Deal with Wine?

We size up Oregon's grapiest beverage.

09/23/2019 By Marty Patail

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Music

Damian Lillard Is Dropping a New Album This Friday

Big D.O.L.L.A. has 10 tracks and brings back Lil Wayne.

08/07/2019 By Marty Patail

Summer Beer 2019

The Best Beers of Summer

Beer season is heating up again, with brews dominating every patio, campsite, and park cookout. Here's your guide to suds season.

06/25/2019 Edited by Marty Patail

Summer Beer: New Breweries

The 6 Best New Portland Breweries

The freshest spots for summer sips—plus, 4 upcoming breweries we can't wait for.

06/25/2019 By Ryan Ashby and Marty Patail

Editor's Note

One Editor's Adventures in Homebrewing

Raise a pint to the professional brewers, Portland. They deserve it.

06/25/2019 By Marty Patail

Development

Downtown Portland Is Getting the Northwest's First Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The 35-story tower replacing the SW 10th and Alder food cart pod will soon house a luxury hotel.

06/20/2019 By Marty Patail

News

The Tannery Bar Has Closed Suddenly

The popular, 6-year-old North Tabor cocktail spot served its last Old Fashioned on Thursday night.

06/10/2019 By Marty Patail

Local Booze

Ryan Reynolds Has Yet Another Must-Watch Aviation Gin Commercial for You

Come for the Reynolds's signature deadpan delivery. Stay for the Fyre Fest blowjob guy.

06/06/2019 By Marty Patail

Video Games

Portland App Maker Unveils New Handheld Game Console—With a Hand Crank

Indie developer Panic's new Playdate console looks like a yellow box of joy—and it's already a source of controversy.

05/30/2019 By Marty Patail

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Cars

A Rally of Gas-Guzzling Junkers Is Cleaning Up Oregon’s Backcountry

The now-global Gambler 500 road race is cheap, weird, and totally from here.

05/28/2019 By Marty Patail